Australian Respiratory Council

Australian Respiratory Council

WHO report signals urgent need for greater political commitment to end TB

Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

30 OCTOBER 2017, WASHINGTON: Global efforts to combat tuberculosis (TB) have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 37%, according to the “Global TB Report 2017” released by the World Health Organization (WHO) today.

Despite these achievements, the latest picture is grim. TB remains the top infectious killer in 2016. TB is also the main cause of deaths related to antimicrobial resistance and the leading killer of people with HIV. Progress in most countries is stalling and is not fast enough to reach global targets or close persistent gaps in TB care and prevention.

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